Gov. Bevin taps former Louisville GOP chair and Ky. Chamber of Commerce public affairs VP for cabinet appointments

01/19/2016 09:25 PM

A little over a month into office and Gov. Matt Bevin continues to fill out the members of his inner circle.

Late Tuesday, Bevin’s office announced Nathan Haney, the former head of the Jefferson County Republican Party, will serve as deputy secretary of the Executive Cabinet, and Bryan Sunderland, the vice president of public affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, has been named legislative director.

In a statement, Bevin said he was excited to name the two “key appointments.”

“Nate Haney brings a high degree of business and relationship skills necessary to manage the diverse set of issues that the Executive Cabinet oversees,” Bevin said. “Bryan Sunderland, with more than a decade of experience driving policy, is highly regarded around the state for his legislative expertise and effectiveness in Frankfort. Both of these men will be an asset to our office as we work together on solutions that will benefit all Kentuckians.”

Haney stepped down from his role with the Jefferson County GOP to serve as managing partner and owner of Haney and White Enterprise, LLC. According to a news release, Haney holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University, a Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s of Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Public Policy from the University of Louisville.

“I am honored to have this unique opportunity to serve Kentucky and realize a dream,” Haney said. “I look forward to helping further Governor Bevin’s agenda and working with a great statesman in Secretary Brinkman.”

For the last 10 years Bryan Sunderland has worked for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, most recently he has served as senior vice president of public affairs.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve in this capacity to help shape the future of Kentucky,” Sunderland said in a news release. “I look forward to working with the impressive team Governor Bevin has assembled and pledge my best efforts to working with the General Assembly to enact change that will provide more opportunities for our fellow citizens.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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